Community Resource Guide: Emergency Financial Assistance

Lend-A-Hand Society
Services: Small (maximum $300) grants for needy families, elders, individuals; for back rent or utilities.
Requires a referral form and letter from a social service agency. (Come to the WATCH tenant clinic for an evaluation and referral.)

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City of Waltham's Rental Assistance

Housing Division, 25 Lexington Street, Waltham. Phone: 781-314-3380.

Eligible Towns (HOME Consortium):  Bedford, Belmont, Brookline, Concord, Framingham, Lexington, Natick, Needham, Newton, Sudbury, Waltham, Watertown and Wayland.

Two programs: Up to two months' rent arrears, or first month's rent/security deposit. At least one member of the family must be either a US citizen or a Documented Permanent Resident (for example, Green Card holder). (Funds will be pro-rated if not all members of household meet these conditions.)

To apply:

  1. For rent arrears, go to 25 Lexington Street; bring copy of lease, and documentation of both client's income and of rent arrears (letter from landlord, notice to quit or court summons).
  2.  For first month's rent and security deposit, complete application with required documentation, then call 781-314-3380 to schedule an appointment.

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JFCS Emergency Assistance Program

Services: Grants of up to $1000 for back rent or utilities,  or first month's rent/security deposit. Serves individuals and families. Must complete detailed budget to apply, and must demonstrate ability to pay rent on a continuing basis after receiving assistance.(Come to the WATCH tenant clinic to discuss, or call their Emergency Intake Line at 781-693-1388.)

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RAFT-State program, Administered by MBHP (Metro Boston Housing Partnership)

Appointments can be scheduled at WATCH, every other Tuesday - come to Housing Clinic first, or call 781-891-6689 x203, to be screened.

Services: Rent or utility arrears, or first month's rent/security deposit,  up to $4000, or families , individuals, or pregnant women who are either homeless or likely to become homeless, and need temporary assistance. Requires copy of court summons for evictions. Must demonstrate ability to pay rent on a continuing basis after receiving RAFT assistance.

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Salvation Army -Client must call first (phone number below) to make appointment.

1) United Way Emergency Food & Shelter Program (EFSP) provides up to one month (only) rent & utility help for residents of Middlesex County who are not receiving subsidized housing. Can apply once per year.

2) Utility assistance for Waltham residents (CDBG program - Community Development Block Grant).

3) Utility assistance through Good Neighbor Energy Fund (utility companies' fund).

Waltham Location:

33 Myrtle St.
Waltham, MA, 02453
781-894-0413
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Perpetual Benevolent Fund
Services: rent, security deposit, utilities; for residents of Waltham, Watertown and Newton. (Maximum $500).

Requirements:  emergency, loss of job, or illness. Help is given once in a lifetime.

Process: Applications are reviewed by the Fund's Board of Trustees. Must provide documentation.

Pick up application at the Mayor's Office, City Hall, Waltham
Open Monday-Friday 8:30am to 4:30pm

610 Main St. Waltham, MA, 02452; 781-314-3100; fax 781-894-9581
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Fiske Fund
Services: one time help for utilities or phone. May be limited to $500. Money cannot be used for rent.
Requirements: must be working at least part time, Waltham resident. Must provide documentation.

Process: "Applications are reviewed by the Fiske Board of Trustees, who will respond in writing within two weeks."

Pick up application at theTreasurer's Office, City Hall, Waltham
610 Main St.
Waltham, MA, 02452
781-314-3250
fax: 781-314-3260

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St. Mary's Church, Waltham
Services: help with utilities
Contact Tim Buckley

133 School St.
Waltham, MA, 02451
781-891-1730
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Brookline Center

Services: Help with SD/FMR or back rent for residents of Waltham, Watertown, Newton and Brookline. Call for information.

41 Garrison Rd, Brookline; (617) 277-8107

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Catholic Charities
Services: Help with utilities, rent and mortgage payments.

270 Washington St, Somerville; Call 617-471-2904

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Marshall Home Fund 

Services: Emergency assistance
This service is for residents of Watertown, ages 55 and over only. Contact one of the agencies below for an application.

Watertown Council on Aging (617) 972-6490
Watertown Social Services Resources office (617) 744-9585
Springwell (Area Agency on Aging)  (617) 926-4100.

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Homestart 
Services: rental assistance, subsidies, housing searches
This service is for families at risk of eviction or in shelters.
*Must present a valid form of ID at front desk

105 Chauncy Street, Suite 502
Boston, MA, 02111
617-542-0338 (serving Greater Boston only) 

678 Massachusetts Avenue, Suite 502
Cambridge, MA, 02139
617-234-5340 (serving Cambridge only)

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Just A Start Corporation, Cambridge (serves Watertown): Rent & utility arrears